Jesse Lingard has admitted he could have left Manchester United “a long time ago”.
Lingard has enjoyed a run in the first-team in recent weeks and he scored his first senior goal for Man United in the 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion last weekend.
The 22-year-old’s inclusion in first-team affairs has delighted fans as he has risen through the ranks at the club.
Lingard thanked Louis van Gaal for placing faith in him at Old Trafford.
“I’ve always stuck by United because everyone stuck by me,” he said.
“To be playing for the club now, especially in the past week, which has been a pretty mad week for me and my family, everyone is so proud and it’s good to be able to repay them. I could have left a long time ago but I had to be patient. I hoped the boss would give me a chance and it’s just a matter of taking the chance.”
Lingard has gone from strength to strength in recent weeks and it is fantastic to watch. While the likes of Memphis Depay struggle at the club, Lingard has grabbed his opportunity with both hands and he hasn’t showed any signs of slowing down.